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Matson Awards Scholarships to NMC Students (February 14, 2019)

In keeping with the company’s commitment to support higher education, the Matson Navigation Company Scholarship Program recently awarded academic scholarships to three deserving Northern Marianas College students.

The Matson Scholarship awards scholarships to three deserving full-time NMC students pursuing a degree in either a bachelor’s in business management or an associate of science in accounting during each academic school year. The scholarships were awarded based on financial need, merit, eligibility, the content of the applicant’s essay, and an interview panel.

This was the company’s third donation of scholarships to Northern Marianas College students.

The students who were selected to receive the Matson Scholarship are Aysha P. Cabrera, Jimmy Blancia Jr., and Joyce M. Cuenca. The three recipients had undergone a highly competitive application process that included several essay requirements and a panel interview.

Blancia, Cabrera, and Cuenca are also first-year students studying in areas of business. Both Aysha Cabrera and Joyce Cuenca are business management majors with a focus on accounting, and Jimmy Blancia Jr. is a double major in natural resource management and business management.

“We are extremely grateful for Matson Navigation Company’s continued support of Northern Marianas College students, especially during this recovery period after Super Typhoon Yutu,” said NMC Interim President, Frankie Eliptico. “We look forward to working with them to help ensure that financial and academic opportunities are expanding for our students.”

The purpose of the Matson Navigation Company Scholarship (Matson Scholarship) is threefold: 1) To promote higher education by providing financial assistance for college students in their pursuit of professional careers; 2) to help alleviate the critical current and future shortage of skilled and trained workforce for the CNMI; and 3) to provide current public and private sector employees with opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills, and enhance their career and professional development.

For more information about available scholarships at NMC call 237-6792 or visit

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